These first aid items are a must for every household.
• Antiseptic solution: Keep this on hand to keep infections at bay.
• Allergy medicine: Storms can blow in all kinds of icky stuff that drive your allergies wild.
• First aid instructions: Print out instructions for the Heimlich, CPR and other basic aid in case you panic in an emergency.
• Mosquito repellant: If it floods — or even rains a lot — your area could have a serious and potentially dangerous mosquito problem.
• prescription glasses: If you run out of contact solution or all the nastiness in the air after a storm irritates you, you’ll have back-up glasses.
• Adhesive tape: You can use this to fasten bandages, hold large lacerations together and even splint broken bones.
• Gauze, bandages and band-aids: Even little cuts and scrapes need to be dressed, so have a range of bandages on hand.
• Hand sanitizer: Nothing compares to soap and water, but in a fix, hand sanitizer with at least 60% alcohol will help.
• Sunscreen: If you have to evacuate, take sunscreen with you in case you get stuck on the highway.
Food and Water
Know which foods to keep on hand during a storm.
• Food and water should last for 72 hours: Make sure you have enough supplies to last everyone in the house for at least 72 hours.
• Replace stored goods every six months: If you’re keeping a kit stocked around the year, replace food items every six months to ensure freshness and safety.
• Be aware of boil water alerts: After a storm, you may have to boil water for a few days at least due to flooded wells, spilled sewage and other contamination.
• Prepare your refrigerator ahead of time: Stock your freezer with dry ice to keep food frozen longer if the power goes out.
• Get out your ice chest: Fill an ice chest with dry ice before and after the storm to keep food cold.
• Canned foods: Canned meat, fish, fruits, soups, milk and vegetables are all smart, easy-to-prepare options.
• Pick higher calorie foods: You’ll need to eat foods with more calories and nutrition per serving to sustain your energy.
• Buy perishable foods right before the storm: When everyone else is out buying canned items, you can buy cookies, raisins, dry cereal, pepperoni and cheese that doesn’t need to be refrigerated. These will give you more variety but will still last a few days if you don’t have power.
• Use camping gear: If you have basic camping gear like a small grill, you can make simple meals while the power’s out.
• Baby formula: Don’t forget to store enough baby formula and baby food.